Overview

The world shows up for us, but, as Alva Noë contends in his latest exploration of the problem of consciousness, it doesn’t show up for free. We must show up, too, and bring along what knowledge and skills we’ve cultivated. As with a painting in a gallery, the world has no meaning—no presence to be experienced—apart from our able engagement with it.
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Varieties of Presence

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Overview

The world shows up for us, but, as Alva Noë contends in his latest exploration of the problem of consciousness, it doesn’t show up for free. We must show up, too, and bring along what knowledge and skills we’ve cultivated. As with a painting in a gallery, the world has no meaning—no presence to be experienced—apart from our able engagement with it.
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Editorial Reviews

Paul Snowdon
There is nothing quite like this book available. Noë is a highly original thinker and very bold in the way he propounds his views, which range widely over topics in the theory of perception and cognition. He is selling a new way of thinking about perception and thought—and doing it very much in his own way. This book is extremely interesting and will be a source of ideas for readers with various interests.
Evan Thompson
By making present the philosophy in art and the art in philosophy, Noë reveals the many ways the world shows up for us thanks to our consciousness being a kind of skillful understanding. Philosophers especially, but also artists, historians, and scientists, will find new insights on every page of this passionate and profound reflection on human experience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674068513
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 2/6/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 771 KB

Meet the Author

Alva Noë is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
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